Technology Modernization -- MCG (P150701)

  • Category: General Government
  • Sub Category: County Offices and Other Improvements
  • Administering Agency: County Executive (AAGE03)
  • Planning Area: Countywide
  • Date Last Modified: 4/21/14
  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No
  • Relocation Impact: None
  • Status: Ongoing





This project provides for the replacement, upgrade, and implementation of IT initiatives that will ensure ongoing viability of key processes, replace outdated and vulnerable systems, and produce a high return in terms of customer service and accountability to our residents. Major new IT systems that have been completed through this project include the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Financial and Human Resources modules, foundation phase of the 311/Constituent Relationship Management (CRM), Electronic Time reporting (MCTime), and related Business Process Review (BPR). Planning activities for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) technology modernization of key systems and processes are underway. The Budgeting module of the ERP system (Hyperion) and additional selfservice functionality is currently underway and the workforce component of the Hyperion System has been completed. The ERP project was implemented to modernize Core Business Systems to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and responsiveness of the County Government. In addition, modernization of the County's Tax Assessment Billing System is underway. This system is used to annually calculate and bill County residents for County and municipal property taxes, solid waste fees, water quality fees, WSSC fees, and other fees, taxes, and related credits. The HHS program provides for the development and implementation of an Enterprise Integrated Case Management (EICM) system as part of a larger Process and Technology Modernization (PTM) program that will move the department from a traditional agency-centric model of practice to a more effective client-centered model of practice. As part of this initiative, the EICM project will upgrade obsolete IT systems and information processes to avoid duplication of data entry, reduce ineffective coordination of services, and minimize inefficiencies resulting from legacy systems. The Active Network (ActiveNet) upgrade for the Department of Recreation, Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF), and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning (M-NCPPC) involves the replacement of the existing CLASS registration and payment system. The Gilchrist Center is also in need of a platform to register its clients for programs and activities. Implementation involves analysis and realignment of business practices and procedures, system configuration, web-site designs; redesign/testing of ERP interfaces; and new Accounts Receivable functions. An Interagency Governance Committee comprised of managers from each participating department/agency will make decisions balancing the needs of each department.

Cost Change

ERP cost changes reflect the continuation of ERP operations in the capital budget based on updated estimates. The cost increase of $5.235M in FY15 is due to continued assignment of County staff to the project and contractor resources for ongoing configuration and implementation work through FY15. HHS cost changes of $15.408M in FY15 through FY17 reflect an updated schedule and vendor cost estimates after completing requirements studies and preliminary design. $645,000 is added in FY15 for the replacement of the CLASS system used by the Recreation Department, M-NCPPC, and CUPF.


According to a 2004 ranking of major existing technology systems based on their current health and relative need for upgrade or replacement, the County's then current core business systems (ADPICS, FAMIS, BPREP, and HRMS) were ranked as Priority #1, which means obsolete or vulnerable critical system in immediate risk of failure. These at-risk systems were replaced with a state of the art ERP system which provides a common database supporting financials, procurement, budget, and HR/payroll, and includes system-wide features for security, workflow, and reporting, and up-to-date technology architecture. Tax Assessment Billing System: The current system is over 30 years old, is only internally supported, and is used for the collection of over $2 billion in revenues annually. Health and Human Services EICM: This technology modernization effort will ensure ongoing viability of key processes, replace outdated and vulnerable systems, create staff operating efficiencies, and produce a high return in terms of customer service and accountability to our residents. Related plans and studies include the Information Technology Interagency Funding and Budgeting Committee's report of September 30, 2003, the Montgomery County Government FY06 IT Budget Overview prepared by Department of Technology Services, and the FY14 Process and Technology Modernization Readiness Assessment conducted by the Gartner consulting group. Recreation, CUPF, and M-NCPPC: The Active Network announced that they will release one more version upgrade of CLASS, scheduled for first quarter of 2014. After this release, there will be no further development of the CLASS software and maintenance/support will be phased out of the CLASS software (ending by December, 2017). A feasibility study determined that the Active Network's browser based application, ActiveNet, is the only software with sufficient functionality and processing capability to meet the needs of a joint registration and facility management system in a single database for Recreation, CUPF, MNCPPC, and the Gilchrist Center. The system will also improve customer service by providing a one-stop access point.


The Technology Modernization - MCG project is intended to serve as an ongoing resource for future IT modernization and related process engineering to the County Government's business systems beyond the currently defined project scope. Future projects may include the following: CRM - Citizen Relationship Management Phase II: This initiative will extend the service to municipalities in the County and other County agencies (e.g. Board of Education, M-NCPPC, Montgomery College). This initiative will proceed based upon interest from these organizations and agreement on funding. Objectives include creation of a Citizen Relationship Management (CRM) program to develop or convert automated capabilities for all appropriate County services including: Case Management Events, Management Field Services, Grants Management, Help Desk Solutions, Point of Sales, Resident Issue Tracking System, Work Order Processing System, ERP - Enterprise Resource Planning, Business Intelligence/Data Warehouse Development, Loan Management, Property Tax Billing and Collection, Public Access to Contractor Payments, Upgrade to Oracle E-Business/Kronos/Siebel, and Enhancements to comply with evolving Payment Card Industry (PCI) mandates.

Fiscal Note

Project funding includes short-term financing for integrator services and software costs. The Operating Budget Impact (OBI) estimates included the costs associated with supporting the Technology Modernization project after implementation, including staff returning to their home departments from the project office to provide on-going support, knowledge transfer, and to serve as "super users", as well as staff and contractors necessary to support the system, operating and maintenance (O&M) agreements with software vendors, and estimated costs associated with the Sustaining Organization through FY16-20. The establishment of a sustaining organization is needed postimplementation to resolve problems, facilitate communication across business processes because of the system integration, produce reports, and re-engineer business processes. ERP: In FY15, $1.340M will be transferred to the CIP by the Board of Investment Trustees (BIT) and is reflected as Contributions; another $1.175M will be transferred from the Department of Liquor Control ($625,000) and the Group Insurance Fund ($550,000) to the General Fund and is reflected as Current Revenue: General. HHS: Due to delays in the State's process for seeking federal reimbursement for capital IT upgrades, Federal Aid is no longer assumed in FY15-17. HHS will continue to seek federal reimbursement as the State updates its process. ActiveNet: $645,000 will be appropriated from the Current Revenue: Recreation Fund in FY15 for the ActiveNet upgrade; Recreation will charge CUPF and M-NCPPC for their share of the project's expenditures based on a proportionate share of each party's use of ActiveNet.


MCG efforts are coordinated with applicable agencies during the project planning, requirements gathering, and requests for proposal (RFP) phases: Offices of the County Executive, Office of the County Council, Department of Finance, Department of Technology Services, Office of Procurement, Office of Human Resources, Office of Management and Budget, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Recreation, Community Use of Public Facilities, and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Gilchrist Center or CEC, all MCG Departments and Offices, Maryland Department of Human Resources, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.